Chicago Bulls: ‘The Last Dance’ wins Emmy for best doc/non-fiction

A major piece of hardware arrived for the Chicago Bulls docuseries spotlighting Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 team, “The Last Dance”.

The hit 10-part documentary series featuring the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls title-winning team “The Last Dance” just took home its biggest honors to date by winning an Emmy on Sep. 19. The Last Dance took the Emmy in the category for best documentary/non-fiction series.

Other nominations for the Emmy in this category included Netflix series “Tiger King”, HBO series featuring Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson “McMillion$”, Hulu series “Hillary”, and PBS television series “American Masters”. American Masters usually appears in the Emmy nominations, and has won the award on multiple occasions.

Moreover, this is not the first ESPN docuseries featuring the Bulls all-time great shooting guard, or some portion of this Bulls team from the 1990’s, that got an Emmy nomination. The ESPN docuseries “30 for 30” has never won an Emmy, but did get a nomination three times.

The docuseries that saved basketball fans around the country, and partly around the globe, from complete deprivation of NBA content got its just deserts over the weekend. The Last Dance was renowned for bringing back the memories of the glory days for Bulls fans, and Michael Jordan fans from coast-to-coast.

The Last Dance premiered early back in April to fill the void of NBA game action in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The 10 parts appeared in segments of two episodes each Sunday throughout April and May. And the 10-part docuseries can still be viewed in full on ESPN and Netflix.

With the NBA playoffs going full boar now, The Last Dance is somewhat of an afterthought compared to the level of press it was getting during the pause in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is still a docuseries that can bring back fond memories for Bulls fans as they have not played in a game since mid-March.

This is also the first Emmy that Jordan will take home. It is one of his first major pieces of hardware in any industry other than playing basketball in the NBA.